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Posted By: Alex Kalinauckas  |  05 Jul 2016   |  1:42 pm GMT  |  75 comments

Aston Martin has revealed the AM-RB 001 hypercar it is producing in partnership with legendary Formula 1 designer Adrian Newey and Red Bull Advanced Technologies.

The AM-RB 001 is the result of a collaboration between Newey and Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s chief creative officer.

The duo has worked together to create a functional and comfortable road car that performs “like no road car before it on a race track”, according to Aston Martin’s official statement.

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A total volume of between 99 and 150 AM-RB 001s will be produced at Aston Martin’s factory in Gaydon, Warwickshire, and 25 track-only versions of the car will be built, but that machine is still currently being developed.

Aston Martin’s statement states that the track version of the AM-RB 001 will have a “projected performance of which is in line with that of today’s LMP1 Le Mans sports prototypes.”

When this collaboration was first announced shortly before the start of the 2016 F1 season, Aston Martin’s CEO, Dr Andy Palmer wrote on Twitter that the new car would be “faster than an F1 around Silverstone.”

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While that still remains to be seen, the AM_RB 001 unveiled today has what Aston Martin describes as “truly radical aerodynamics for unprecedented levels of downforce in a road-legal car.”

It is understood that Newey’s input on the aero front means much of that downforce is generated via the car’s underfloor aerodynamics, while Reichman has created a body that has “the unmistakable essence of Aston Martin”, around a lightweight carbon fibre structure.

The AM-RB 001’s full technical specification will be revealed in due course but the car is power by a “mid-mounted, high-revving, naturally aspirated V12 engine with the potency to achieve a 1:1 power-to- weight ratio; 1 bhp per kilo of weight.”

The car also features bespoke suspension and transmission systems that have been designed by Newey and Red Bull Advanced Technologies.

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Speaking about the new hypercar, Newey, who is Red Bull Racing’s chief technical officer, said: “I’ve long harboured the desire to design a road car. The formation of Red Bull Advanced Technologies brought me a step closer to realising that ambition, but I believed we should work with an automotive manufacturer.

“Aston Martin was at the top of my list. The synergy between Red Bull Racing and Aston Martin is clear. I knew Red Bull Racing had the ability to handle the pure performance aspects, but Aston Martin’s experience of making beautiful, fast and comfortable GT cars is of great benefit to the project.

“I’ve always been adamant that the AM-RB 001 should be a true road car that’s also capable of extreme performance on track, and this means it really has to be a car of two characters.

“That’s the secret we’re trying to put into this car – the technology that allows it to be docile and comfortable, but with immense outright capabilities”.

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Christian Horner, Red Bull’s team principal, added: “Red Bull Racing has always steered an innovative course in our on-going development of a competitive Formula 1 car.

“The conception and modus operandi of Red Bull Technologies has been to apply our expertise to truly progressive projects and partnerships.

“Our relationship with Aston Martin and the realisation of the AM-RB 001 is pioneering and borne of our synergies and desire to break new ground. The AM-RB 001 is the inspirational product of this collaborative spirit.”

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Reichman described the balance of making the AM-RB 001 fast and yet retain Aston Martin’s usual style as a “challenge.”

He said: “Working so closely alongside Adrian and an organisation like Red Bull Racing is a fabulous experience. By definition the objectives we’ve set for the car ensures there has never been an Aston Martin – or any car, actually – quite like the AM-RB 001.

“The shared challenge has been finding that magical tipping point where we achieve the most efficient engineering solutions and the most beautiful styling solutions without any compromises.

“My personal challenge has been expressing the AM-RB 001’s extraordinary performance and the unique way in which it delivers that performance. Its style reflects its revolutionary nature, while possessing the form and beauty that makes it unmistakably an Aston Martin”.

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1

I hope we can win one by leaving a comment on this site.

2

Rather have a Jaguar MK.ll Racing ?
If James is up for doing a competition ?
Yep Dream On Jeroen

3

25 track-only versions of the car? V12? Will it rev to 18000 RPM? If so let's go Formula X1 racing!

4

I'm seriously surprised noone with money has come along and done an X1 series. Something like 4 lap time-trial format, like the old qualifying format - because those cars would just be way too unstable amongst each other or if tagged. But the rules could be minimal and almost purely around safety - the driver must be placed inside a survival cel capable of remaining intact at a 300km/h impact, wheels must be tethered so not to fly free in an accident, a few requirements around fire suppression and electrical grounding, safety harnesses etc. Free reign on power sources, dimensions and materials.

5

There's life in the old hydrocarbon fuelled internal combustion yet.............

I'm surprised an atmo V12 engine is still being allowed these days on emissions grounds, but also on the fact that as an engineering specification it is compromised.

My neighbour used to have a Jag XJ12 and although it was beautifully smooth and refined (and made a gorgeous rumble), the 5.3 litre V12 had terrible problems with oil scavenging, blown gaskets and water circulation. Although a V12 is a couple of straight 6 engines welded together, therefore making a perfectly balanced engine from harmonics (both primary and secondary) the length of the crankcase means the oil can't be pumped up before greasing up, causing the oil to churn. Also, with 12 cylinders and 48 valves, the frictional losses from the endless grinding of a V12 motor is massive - it's an incredibly inefficient design. In the end, my neighbour swapped the Jag V12 for half the cylinders (and yet more power) for a Merc E Class V6 which was a million times more reliable.

A small capacity twin turbo flatplane V6 or V8 would have been better - like McLaren use incidentally, or Nissan with the GTR.

6

Which says English manufacturers dont build good engines, they build beautiful cars but leave the motors to Germans, Italians and Americans. Aston will need to totally redesign their engine for this car because they are drastically underdone compared to their rivals. Even the jag with its supercharged V8 is a blunt instrument next to its competitors. Mclaren get their motors built elsewhere too

7

I think perhaps the 2-3 million quid price tag will enable them to overcome these issues ?

8

Mercedes AMG still sells the V12 in good volume, and they are apparently very good. BMW has it too, right?

On my short list of 5 cars I love is the 860 CSi. I simply love it, it is a lovely GT. I will never forget, I was driving from Monza to Spa, and we were rocking along on the Autobahn at mid 200s, and a guy wearing a 3 piece suit, smoking a cigar in a silver one with absolutely clear windows with that slight hue of green passed me in the left lane in a silver 850 CSi. It was the coolest road pass ever made on me, and it looked like he did it effortlessly, and he was pushing 280km/h if not more, and making it look slow motion.

9

Forgive the type-o there. 860 is 850 of course.

10

I was moving house with a German girlfriend and her brother. Three of us and all her luggage packed into an early 90s polo golf. A rumbling began, like a truck sitting right up our [Mod], but there was nothing. The rumbling got louder and higher pitched. I thought the truck was falling from the sky, right on top of us. After an indeterminable period as the rumble heightened in fervour, a dulcet scream blew past us. A black shadow disappeared up the autobahn before I knew I'd seen it.
In his nonplussed matter of fact tone the driver said, "V12 Mert-saydees." And no more.

11

I honestly wish I had dahs video of that pass. The guy had his jacket hanging behind the seat - hence how I saw it was a 3 piece he was wearing. And as he held the cigar at face level he actually looked back as he passed me. As if he was offended that I was going that fast in the Vectra or as if to say, you're welcome. But his arrogance and superiority were so classy, even though I was on the receiving end, it is one of my motoring highlights. It flashes back in my mind often because it was like a dance. And that 850 looked so beautiful in motion too. Daytime, so lights closed.

12

Wow...that is some set of wheels!!! my first thought though was, what a pity that F1 is so restrictive when it comes down to creativity. Imagine what we might see racing if the genius of these designers were given more freedom? pretty sad really....

13

Good point. Newey unleashed on the aero is the most fascinating thing about this car.

14

Ha ha - I would wait until it ACTUALLY gets onto production Kenneth! I've seen so many concept cars over the years that were going to go to the market, only for them to remain just that - a concept, not a reality.

A flashback to the mid 90s with Aston themselves with the Lagonda Vignale springs to mind: "It'll be only sale by 1997" Er..........

Concept cars that do get production based aren't always fantastic - the Jag XJ220 was supposed to be a four wheel drive 6 litre V12 car and yet it ended up with rear wheel drive only and an engine from a Metro 6R4, so..........

15

I hope the live up to lapping Silverstone faster than an F1 car. They must!

16

I think they intended 'an F1' to mean 'a mclaren F1'....but that's still be great to see!

17
Spinodontosaurus

It won't. Just look at their most recent statement - Aston Martin are now claiming the track version will be a rival to LMP1 in terms of lap time.

Even last year LMP1 was over 7% off F1 at every circuit they shared, this year LMP1 has gotten lightly slower whilst F1 has gotten much faster and is due to get even faster still next season. I don't think F1 has much to be concerned about.

18

Here we go Sebee
On one ?

19

Can anyone give me a very big loan?

20

If Frankley Howard was alive it would probably have a "Up Pompeii" saying for your request Malcolm ?

21

Frankie Howard

22

I have a couch - It's not only big but it's also comfy and you can loan it as long as you like 🙂

23

That from end isn't exactly beautiful is it... subjective opinion I know.

24

The front 3/4 view - it looks like a frog or a toad... another subjective opinion.
(The rest looks great)

25

I agree with you Colm
From the front it does look like a constipated bull frog ?

26

Looks great. Would like to see it in the Aston Martin green. :—]

27

Do we know the powertrain?

28
Tornillo Amarillo

Wow, it seems really a new concept & very nice, I like it very much.

Does it come in Yellow?

29

My son has a Hot Wheels car that looks like this!

30
Tornillo Amarillo

Yes, I really think this is a good opportunity to say that the HULK deserves to drive one of this before is too late.

31

Looks like a McLaren merged with Pagani Zonda to me

32

Awesome Car .
Sadly this will be for the toupee wearing over 60 with a trophy young wife and a bucket load of Viagra.

33

*toupe! Very different to a coupe!

34

And when you are sixty with a coupe will you complain?

35

I'm sure Jay Leno is on the phone right now.

36

A nice looking thing, apparently it will have around 900bhp and weigh around 900kg. This will probably make it the fastest road car ever, but lets not kid ourselves that it will be setting F1 matching lap times anywhere.

37

The 'car of two characters' bit is a bit suspect.

I would guess that what they did is create a car that can 'reconfigure' itself for the track. That the car not only changes its ride height for track use, but that it also 'unfolds' bits of floor, in the front and rear, making itself:
a) a massive ground-effect track car, allowing it to pull 3-4 G around corners, 5G under braking, like an F1 car, but without the massive drag from the open wheels or the front and rear wings
b) very, very NOT road legal, in this configuration.

I can't see how it could be done any other way.

38

It is interesting claim to make. Hitting F1 lap times is a bold target but is definitely possible. There are certain restrictions in F1 that are holding them back to what is ultimately possible for example no moveable aerodynamic parts. This is the big one (also combined with non open wheels as the 'spill' for the wheels really upset the air flow). So with Newey's genius and a completely open rule book (not completely because it still needs to be road legal) I think it is achievable. Just look at the head on photo and you can see how big the gap is underneath the car to create huge amounts of downforce and when you combine that with a floor that can move you will be able to go lighteningly fast in a straight line as well as around corners. Whether it is as fast as an F1 car we will remain to see and I am more on your side of the fence of I will believe it when I see it but as a concept and idea it is plausible.

39

They need to lose 200kg out of a presumably already very light car, then find another 100bhp out of the engine, and then overcome the higher centre of gravity, and then find some tyres to handle the load. The aero might be better, but remember how much the teams spend on aero development, I don't see how even with no rule restrictions it's going to manage F1 lap times. I guess as you say it's theoretically possible, but I will believe it when I see it.

40

Agreed on losing a bit of weight as for the extra horse power, I think that is very likely to come. I find it hard to imagine that when/if they come around to building this concept they will go for this engine. A V12 naturally aspirated engine is a bit of a dinosaur (I know that comment will piss off a few people on this site) but there are many other alternatives out there that could give the extra grunt and the current F1 PUs are not at a 100bhp yet.
Tyres are an easy fix and once again they are not restricted by F1 rules so do not have to go for Pirelli's degrading tyres. The road tyres will be slower but track tyres potentially could be a lot quicker depending on how much you are willing to spend and that is one of the most important components on the car in terms of reducing lap times.

41

Ben, just had a look at the top gear test track for a bit of a comparison, the production car record is 1m13 set by a McLaren 675, Michael Schumacher went round in 1m10 in a Ferrari FXX on slicks, and the Renault F1 car did a 59 second lap....on inters.....in the wet......with Ben Collins driving......

42

Looks very much like a Mclaren P1 and Pagani crossover. Would have expected more of a left field outside the ball park hitter. Instead a similar hypercar. Also looks similar to the
I Robot Will Smith film Audio Concept car.

43

Audio = Audi

44

Give me a Saleen any day 🙂

45

'Saleen Black Dog' racing around
Road America that is a mega car.
Project Gotham Racing Game on the first XBOX had that in its garage of cars. As did Forza 2.

46

One for Bernie and his old men Rolex wearing F1 target group ?

47

Negativity Alert...
Six months from announcement to fulfilment smacks of a design by numbers job.
It doesn't look pretty from any of the angles and bares no resemblance to any Aston I know.
I true road car capable of extreme track performance?? It's a single seater...

I'd take a DB7 over this any day.

48

I had the very same thoughts. Probably they know of some other hyper-exclusive Astons, which are unknown to the world? (perhaps they are even from the different reality).

49

I'm thinking this is simply a user friendly V8 RBR with an V12 stuck into it, with second seat and skin.

50

last week we had a city car on here claiming to be efficient a driver seat in the centre at the front, wasting space with some strange designs claiming to be ground breaking and now we have another track super car shopping for our opinions.
it looks odd from the front but a decent looking side view.

51

Strangely, I'm not really impressed. I'm sure it will tear a hole in time and space, but there have been a whole batch of new super cars recently that can do that and they all look much of a muchness. I think I was expecting something more...unusual from Mr Newey and Co.

52

I imagine the magic of the thing is going to be largely underneath the car. Just look at the head-on shot. Look past the front splitter that almost looks like the front wing mainplane straight off a modern F1 car, and look at the gaping wide open space underneath the car.

53

Looks like adrian might have a pagani in his garage

54

‘. . . faster than an F1 around Silverstone . . .’
Superseded by:-
‘. . . projected performance in line with today’s LMP1 prototypes . . .’

Hype diminishes, performance target becomes more ‘docile and comfortable’.
I like the styling, though.

55

Nothing to see here, move on. Some concept sketches and an over the top press release. Marketing 101

56

A bit soon to tell the side shots look ok the front looks strange- radical. It resembles a 60's Mclaren GT somehow. Christian Von Keonigsegg will be watching with interest given the One:1 has achieved 1 bhp per 1kg for 2 years now. Im sure the AM- RB-001's downforce numbers will be off the charts though both over the top of the car and underneath. Im guessing it would have to weigh around 1200kg on track and maybe no more than 1250kg for the road. If the engine is loosely based on the vulcan which produces about 800 from 8000rpm then a NA V12 would have to spin about 12000rpm to achieve required 1200bhp. (Assuming no hybrid). Cant wait...

57

Note how high the nose is, the amount of air being channelled through here and out of the side vents behind the front wheels. The rear diffuser is very wide, steeply angled and starts well forward. There is a lot of ground effect in this vehicle. It may need some level of active ride height control to help seal up the sides. All of this is well within Adrian Newey's experience going back to the March Indycars and the active Williams.

58

Looks a bit like a Zonda. I want it

59

Anybody figured how you going to in & out?.?

60

Am I the only one, who thinks that modern hyper\ultra\super cars are like smartphones - they become less and less distinguishable and look like a blob with wheels?

I understand reasons for that, but don't think it is good (especially as the only purpose of such cars is to show off).

61

Ah, how lovely! I'd forgotten what it's like to fall in love! I feel like a 17 year old. I must get the poster for my bedroom wall.

62
Stephen Taylor

I'm sorry but the design shows no imagination whatsoever but the front looks like a carbon copy of the Pagani Huayra and rear very similar to a Lamborghini Aventador. I really do not like it .

63

@stephen T....simple solution for you...don't buy one if you don't like the look!

64

Looks a bit like a pagini To me, but looks fantastic all the same. What a creation. Us mere mortels can only but dream.

65

It's not really pretty is it... That big mouth front and weird open rear just looks odd.

66

How much????

67

Would be interesting to see it up against the La Ferrari, P1 and 918!

68

But where's the door handle?

69

No doubt this will the ultimate collectors car with newey's name on it! Look out mclaren

70

Subtle new wheels for the next 007 film perhaps?

71

From reading between the lines there's nothing to get excited about. The so-called 25 may have LMP1 performance but the rest will be normal enough road goers. However there is just a slim chance of something unique, they may be needing or wanting to keep 'schtum' about. Wouldn't be right to utterly blow out hybrids.... Would it?

72

I thought the idea of a road legal car being as fast as [or faster than] an F1 car around any track to be laughable. Not laughing now.

I have to assume the car not only changes ride height but also 'unfolds' bits of floor for track use, which it can't use on the road.

In any case, I can't wait for the forthcoming (I assume) demo run against a RBR F1 car.

73

Looks like a bit of a mash up of P1, LaFerrari and Jag C-X75 with a dash of Huayra thrown in. I don't dislike it, it's just a bit too generic for me in such a rarified class. I was hoping for something more radical.

74

Yep, Newey will win the most ridiculous use of ingenuity prize with this one. What a complete waste of time and resources, big engine in a feather light car...gee that's never been done before.

75
patrick lemire

I know it's small detail amongst the forest of whiz bang technology but I am intrigued by the stealth headlamps. I wonder if the lenses are opaque (under an electric charge) like changeable privacy to translucent home windows.

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